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Best Served Cold: Dishonored Review (Dueling Reviews 2)

Review; Dec. 11, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Best Served Cold: Dishonored Review (Dueling Reviews 2) Dishonored is a paradox. On one hand, it’s a beautifully designed piece of software. From design to sound to modeling and texture, the city of Dunwall is a perfect example of setting for a story that, while flawed at points, remains compelling. A spiritual successor to the Thief franchise, stealth is your greatest ally in a hostile world driven by industrial oil and gear.  On the other hand, the choices made on the parts of the...

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Review

Review; Jul. 21, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Edward Kaczynski

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Review Christopher Nolan's career is (relatively speaking) still young -- in that he's only directed about 10 films -- however, in that short span, he's managed to establish himself as one of the most talented directors today. With credits such as Memento, The Prestige, Inception, and of course, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight under his belt, it's difficult to imagine him releasing anything less than a masterpiece.  Then there's the other side...

The Devil Went Down to Tristram: Diablo III Review

Review; Jun. 1, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

The Devil Went Down to Tristram: Diablo III Review It’s taken me a long time and a lot of internal debate to finally come to terms with my feelings about Diablo III. Being a self-admitted former Blizzard fanboy and taking into account my continued adoration of Diablo and Diablo II, I was more than champing at the bit when I got an early access beta key at this year’s GDC. I had purposely avoided reading or talking about Diablo III because I wanted to experience it with a fresh...

Video Game Sommelier: The First Coming of Hops

Feature; May. 22, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Video Game Sommelier: The First Coming of Hops som·me·lier -[suhm-uhl-yey; Fr. saw-muh-lyey] noun, plural som·me·liers  [suhm-uhl-yeyz; Fr. saw-muh-lyey] -- a waiter, as in a club or restaurant, who is in charge of wines.   Alcohol is one of man’s most ingenious inventions. It helped build the pyramids, preserved us through the dark ages, and if some...

Mass Effect 3 Review

Review; Mar. 22, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Mass Effect 3 Review The Mass Effect series is probably the single best original sci-fi IP released in the last decade and is the best work Bioware has ever produced. Bioware fanboys are going to start frothing at the mouth and point out Dragon Age – which, to be fair, was very well done and a ton of fun. But that said, Mass Effect is a breathing, vibrant universe with a whole history behind it begging to be explored, whereas Dragon Age is a fairly...

1-Up: Mass Effect 3 Demo Impressions

Feature; Feb. 16, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

1-Up: Mass Effect 3 Demo Impressions It's nice to see that somebody out there remembers what a demo is and why you release them... When I was younger, I had a subscription to PC Gamer. It was a decent magazine, but the best part was the bonus demo disc. Every month, I had approximately 12 to 15 different games to check out and decide to spend money on. Unfortunately, as I got older, games got bigger -- but CDs only had so much space. Fewer and fewer demos made their way via the old...

The Best (And Worst) Video Games of 2011

The Best (And Worst) Video Games of 2011 It's that time of the year again, folks. The time when everybody starts making new years resolutions, only to break them in a matter of weeks. It also happens to be the time of the year when video game critics put out their awards for the industry. Fortunately for us, these edicts will withstand the test of time. From worst to best, find out here what we thought of 2011's offerings -- as well as those that shouldn't have seen the light of day. ...

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review

Review; Dec. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review It’s impossible to review a game like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim without comparing it to its predecessors. Bethesda has always taken great care to keep the spirit of The Elder Scrolls alive while altering and enhancing gameplay between every title, and Skyrim is no exception. A revamped interface, altered character creation and a brand new graphics engine create an atmosphere both familiar and new. Taking place roughly 200 years after the...

OMGN's Best Summer Flicks of 2011

OMGN's Best Summer Flicks of 2011 If there's one thing we like as much as video games, it's movies too. Since the name change to include movies in the title, the OMGN staff has narrowed down the best movies we've seen this summer — as well as the worst, the ones that surprised us the most, and everything in between.   Best Action Kyle: For me, X-Men: First Class is, hands down, the best action flick I've seen. From Hellfire Club's first attack on the young members of...

Runespell: Overture Review

Review; Jul. 30, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Runespell: Overture Review I can say it -- I’m pleasantly surprised. Card games are a mixed bag. On the one hand, you have brilliant games like Magic: The Gathering or Star Wars: The Customizable Card Game (now, sadly defunct), and then on the other, a whole slew of Pokemon and Pokemon rip-offs which I refuse to play because (among CCG players) I’m a curmudgeonly old man who hates everything that was released after 1998. Click the image to view game...

Duke Nukem Forever Review

Review; Jun. 16, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Duke Nukem Forever Review I’m going to say this right off the bat: This is not going to be a fair review. It can’t be. No game that’s had 14 years of build up time is going to be a candidate for a “fair” review. It’s not possible.  The good reviews are going to be magnified by a thousand, with people proclaiming “Game of the Year” and “Well worth the wait!” Which it won’t be because no sequel in the...

Portal 2 Review

Review; May. 3, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Portal 2 Review When Portal 2 was first announced, I don’t think I was alone in thinking, “How? How can an almost entirely story driven game garner a sequel?” Because (let’s face it) the most interesting thing about Portal was the story and the writing. Yes, some of the puzzles were head scratchers. Yes, the Portal Gun game mechanic was interesting, if a bit simple.  Click the image to view game screenshots  However, the fact...

Dragon Age 2 Review

Review; Mar. 23, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Dragon Age 2 Review Dragon Age 2 is solid. This is not a surprise.  The original Dragon Age: Origins was a solid game. It suffered a few annoying flaws – a weak inventory system, unbalanced skill trees, a bland and uninteresting world design, etc. These, however, weren’t enough to detract from a solidly designed combat system, a rich (if slightly contrived) game world and a cast of characters who (except Wynne) drew my curiosity and solidly...

Dragon Age 2 Demo Preview

Feature; Mar. 4, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Dragon Age 2 Demo Preview The Dragon Age 2 demo is very impressive, but that isn’t really a surprise.  Bioware, in recent years, has really managed to step it up. The storytelling has always been superb, but the game design usually managed to wobble on that razor thin line between good and merely acceptable. This, of course, doesn’t apply to all Bioware's titles. The Baldur’s Gate series was impeccable in every respect,...

1-Up: I've Got a Bad Feeling About This

Feature; Feb. 21, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

1-Up: I've Got a Bad Feeling About This I am terrified of The Old Republic. I haven’t played a Star Wars game that I’ve really loved since the original Dark Forces. For those not in the know, there was an original Dark Forces. Kyle Katarn wasn’t always a Jedi; you didn’t use force powers or lightsabers; and Jedi Knight II should have been called Dark Forces III. Yes, this still irks me a bit. No, I’m not crazy. Well, maybe a little... Knights of the Old...

1-Up: Grow a Spine

Feature; Jan. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

1-Up: Grow a Spine When did gamers become such pussies? It’s not our fault – the industry has been force feeding us artificial victory for years, and we’ve gotten so used to it that any sort of actual challenge leaves a sour taste in our mouths. Most gamers have an inherent need to win, to relish every victory, both great and small. It’s not always the driving force behind our behavior, but we all know (and crave) the little rush you get...

Fallout: New Vegas Review

Review; Jan. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Fallout: New Vegas Review (Editor's note: This article contains moderate language. Younger readers, or readers of a sensitive nature, please be advised.) Better late than never, I suppose. I’m going to preface this by taking stock of Obsidian Entertainment’s many failures over the years. Let’s begin. Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords – terrible. Neverwinter Nights 2 – worse. Alpha Protocol – this was Obsidian’s...

Red Dead Redemption Review: Take 2

Review; Oct. 8, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Red Dead Redemption Review: Take 2 Sandbox games produced by Rockstar have a common failing that the company has never managed to address – or, really, even admit to. Namely, once you’ve run around for a bit, causing mayhem and destruction and making a general ass of yourself, there’s not a whole lot of reason to keep playing. Sure, you’ll pop Grand Theft Auto in every once in a while, if for no other reason than to kill some time by engaging in some...

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Review

Review; Sep. 10, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Review Some of the best memories (as far as gaming is concerned) of my early childhood were days spent at the arcade, pumping quarters into The Simpsons Arcade Game. You remember it – unless you’re not old enough to have experienced an arcade; in which case, I pity you. You’d put your quarter on the edge of the machine, reserving your place in line. And your place was reserved; nobody (except the occasional jackass) would violate that...

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Review

Review; Aug. 18, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Review It’s difficult to honestly review a game like Starcraft 2. On the one hand, Blizzard Entertainment has a long history of really solid game design, peaking with (of course) Starcraft, and it would be a disservice to myself as a journalist and you as readers to act as though this were an opportunity to get my licks in simply for kicks. On the other hand, the desire to stir the ant pile with a stick and enrage the Blizzard fanboys is tempting...

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